Sussex County League backs down over results

Screenshot showing results of SCWGFL Under-16 Division

Youth team results are back little more than a week after they were banned from Full-Time

The Sussex County League has reversed its decision to ban the publication of youth-team results on the official FA website after a wave of protests from club officials and players. Continue reading


‘You can’t see it in the results but we’ve got better’

Manager Emma Wood and assistant Roy Stannard speak to the Crawley Wasps U15 players during a half-time break (Photo: Sent Her Forward)They said they wanted to take on the boys to improve their individual games – and they weren’t afraid of losing (at least, not as much as some of them feared the physical encounters).

So how do the girls of Crawley Wasps’ Under-15 side feel after a season of pitting their skills, strength – and wits – against their male counterparts in the Mid Sussex Youth and Minor League? Continue reading

Golden girls’ gamble: switch to boys’ football ‘a success’ – but at a price

Action from Crawley Wasps U15 v Preston Panthers, 2016/17 (Photo: Dave Burt)

The steep learning curve has brought benefits and setbacks for Crawley Wasps’ girls (Photo: Dave Burt)

We have to learn to lose.”

When Amy Perry put Crawley Wasps Under-15s ahead in their first competitive match against a boys’ team, few could have imagined that seven months – and 17 games – on, the talented, all-conquering girls team who had previously swept all before them would end their trail-blazing season without a win, having conceded 193 goals and scored just five – two of them on that opening day. Continue reading

Result almost academic as experienced Worthing win colleges battle

Newman Lewes Academy 0
Worthing College 6 (Tubby 12, 45, 57; Rolf 16; Booker 55; Pursey 59)

In the battle of the Sussex academies, experience won the day as Worthing College, the academic arm of Brighton’s development set-up, swept aside Newman’s, the newest kids on the block, established by East Sussex rivals Lewes last summer. Continue reading

First-half BHASVIC blitz dashes Onslow cup hopes but not their spirit

BHASVI players celebrate the opening goal against Onslow at the Withdean Stadium, Jan 11 2017 (Photo: Simon Roe)

BHASVIC are through to the quarter-finals of the colleges national cup (Photo: Simon Roe)

BHASVIC 3 (Butcher 6; Evans 21; Ward-Penny 40)
Onslow 2 (Sende pen 39; Fisher 59)

Brighton’s BHASVIC powered into the last eight of the Association of Colleges National Cup with a hard-fought victory over a young, but talented, Onslow St Audrey’s Academy at the Withdean Stadium. Continue reading

Crawley still making a game of it in a boys’ world

Action from Crawley Wasps U15 v Cuckfield Cosmos United, Oct 30 2016 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

There were some positive signs in Crawley Wasps’ second defeat of the season to Cuckfield Cosmos United

Crawley Wasps U15 0
Cuckfield Cosmos Utd U15 9 (Montford 9, 22, 49; Lehkyj 15, 69; Field 23, 76; Smibert 43; Crow 56)

It’s nearly two months since Crawley Wasps’ under-15 girls took the plunge and joined a boys’ league in the hope of presenting their talented players with the sort of challenge other girls’ teams were unable to provide. Continue reading

‘We have to learn to lose’ – why a special team took on a new challenge

Poppy Nicholls, Eleanor Keegan and Chanelle Gainsford, Crawley Wasps U15, Aug 14 2016 (Photo: Dawn Keegan)

Poppy Nicholls, Eleanor Keegan and Chanelle Gainsford express their hopes and fears about their new challenge (Photo: Dawn Keegan)

Crawley Wasps’ all-conquering girls’ team have switched to a boys’ league to experience a new challenge and to continue their football educations, which they believe have stalled because of their superiority over all their female rivals. Continue reading